A coaching change did not alter Metuchen (N.J.) 2017 tight end Devin Miller’s feelings toward Rutgers or the school’s interest in his services.
Miller received a verbal scholarship offer from former coach Kyle Flood and new head coach Chris Ash stressed his interest in Miller during a recent junior day visit.
“Things are going well with Rutgers,” Miller said. “Junior day was good to see how they’re going to operate things. Coach Ash kept reiterating that we should clear any preconceived notion that we had about them or anything associate with the program because they were going to change everything from top to bottom, from the weight room to all of their standards.”
When your older brother starts at left guard for Rutgers, eliminating preconceived notions is easier said than done for Miller.
“Dorian [Miller] told told me that they really have changed everything already,” Devin Miller said. “They’re stripping everything away as far as the weight room and doing everything their way. I can’t wait to see what happens, with how they’ve changed so much in such little time, what they can do with a full season.”
Miller met with Ash and tight ends coach Vince Okruch during junior day and will be back soon.
“They said my offer still stands and they want to get me down to a couple of practices this spring and into training camp to go through meetings and all of that,” Miller said.
Rutgers may be close to home for the 6-foot-3.5, 225-pound tight end but he has family ties to other areas as well. Miller has family in Texas and Oklahoma and an older brother that played for the Sooners.
Houston recently increased its interest in Miller, who plans to visit in March.
“They spread the ball out,” Miller said. “They contacted me first and I told them I had a bunch of family down there and wanted to hear from me more. I would like to be closer to more of my cousins and grandparents and all of that. I’ll be visiting soon, and that’s a good offense for me.”
Miller’s most recent visit was last week to Temple for the Owls’ basketball game against No. 1 Villanova.
“It was good,” Miller said. “I talked with my position coach. I was with him right when I got there. I talked to [recruiting assistant] E.J. [Barthel] and the OC, DC, and coach [Matt] Rhule spoke and we then headed off to the game. I got to see the No. 1 team in the country do what they’ve been doing all year.”